Trend Micro hops on the botnet identification bandwagon

Trend Micro has become the latest IT security firm to leap on board the botnet bandwagon with its SecureCloud software.

Unlike other botnet-spotting products, SecureCloud isn't an application that you load on your PC, but is sold as software-as-a-service, with the application effectively being offered as online rentware.

Unfortunately for PC Internetters, whilst this approach is a lot better than installing a client on a Windows machine, Trend appears to be only flogging the service through third-party Web sites and ISPs.

The pricing, however, is on a par with Cloudmark's ISP service at a reported nine cents per user per day, although Trend claims that SecureCloud can tackle spam, as well as deliver real-time updates to

routers and network systems.

I suspect that you'll see Cloudmark and other online-based software client services like KeConnect, enhancing their systems to support anti-botnet technology in the not-too-distant future.

And, as I've said before, I think you will see more of these software-as-a-service subscription IT security products being offered as a real alternative to the likes of Norton Internet Security and other desktop memory-hogging applications...